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Three Wishes for 2015 
What will it take to achieve a balanced assessment and accountability system that serves our students well? Here are three policy notes and three wishes for the new year.
--- Laurie McCullough, VASCD Executive Director

This year will be an important one for students, teachers, and administrators in Virginia's schools. Over the past two decades, accountability policies have hampered our efforts to innovate, emphasized quantity of content over quality of thinking, and elevated test preparation policies far beyond their appropriate role in instruction. Now, change is being considered at both the federal and state levels. How can we assure that reforms move us towards a rational, balanced system? Here are three of my wishes for the new year. 


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